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Let me get this straight - according to this kid the teacher had solid 10 minutes of arguments, and not only did the student not bother to reflect on the points made by the teacher, but also expects the internet to come up with a rebuttal. They literally want to teach a teacher before they have started to use their own brain. I have more respect for the flat-earthers.

Thats the problem.

This is one kid, but she is a member of an entire generation of college students who have no critical thinking skills. This group cannot consider or tolerate alternative viewpoints but can only parrot back arguments from the group they are most terrified of upsetting.

I think kids have always been that way (at least I was). The difference is nobody enabled me and I learned that I should expect to be challenged on my views by older and more experienced people. These kids are not being challenged and it's such a shame. Half of what you learn in college is just learning that it's OK to be wrong.

It's worse than not being challenged. They're being told that any challenges they meet are wrong because their cause is righteous. They're being encouraged to reject any challenge to their worldview, and as a result they're not growing intellectually, and they're becoming more and more dogmatic. This is a generation of future inquisitors.

[–] SecondSkin 8 points Edited

I had a modern studies teacher who adapted his own version of the coloured hat exercise. Every week he made us rotate tables to a new political party and argue the class discussion topic from the perspective of a candidate from said political party (Scotland, so many more political parties than US). It didn’t matter which we agreed with, just that we learned to see the strengths and weaknesses in each and use them within the debate. We were all horrified initially (because in poor Scottish working class towns hating Tories is a sign you belong) but it was a valuable lesson to learn.

Exactly, it's like they're in a cult

But there are a surprising number of young radfems, they give me hope. I'm secretly teaching my niece about radical feminism without telling her that's what it is bc my brother (her dad)is a horrible misogynist who would lose it if he hears her saying the dreaded f-word. She's 9. She gives me hope too

[–] SecondSkin 15 points Edited

Actually I had to explain this same rule to a deputy head who is also sendco/dsl and a fucking English teacher recently. And who must be 50 ish, so did her English degree before my late 90s one. Where the professors were very firm that they in formal language is plural only. That unisex is she/he or he/she because substituting they is one of the worst grammar mistakes because it confuses meaning.

So lacking critical thinking skills has somehow filtered upwards. Even in those who would have learned this before I did.

(Among all the other awful things gender ideology has done, making the whole world THIS FUCKING STUPID is another irksome camel back straw)

This kid's convictions must be flimsy if they can't come up with arguments. For things I'm passionate about I can defend them no problem.

I don't think that's what the kid was asking. They seem pretty clear on their argument, just asking how to frame it in a way that doesn't sound hostile. I actually really respect that -- it shows a maturity that indicates they'll likely grow out of they/them nonsense one day.

Literally trying to teach an English teacher English. The nerve of them but they are in a cult so they think everyone else is wrong.

Cult. Of. Youth.

Among all the other things the trans movement can be reasonably charged with, it is also a cult of youth in which young people are assumed to know the True Way of Things and must reeducate the oldies who have forgotten, or more likely, were never enlightened in the first place.